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Soundcraft Notepad 124 Mixer  

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    A compact mixer with 3-band British EQ suitable for a very wide range of applications

    The Soundcraft Notepad 124 mixer boasts Soundcraft audio performance with the acclaimed GB30 mic preamp and EQ technology in a highly-compact and solid chassis.

    The 124 has 4 mono mic/line inputs. It also boasts 4 stereo line inputs, and suits a very wide range of applications where simple yet high-quality mixing is required, such as in home recording, small band/cabaret PA systems, AV presentation systems, small broadcast edit suites, educational environments and general contracting.

    The FX send is replaced by a standard AUX send with a dedicated output. It also provides a recording output of the mix on RCA/Phono connectors as well as a stereo input for CD playback etc.

    Other highly-desirable functions include a high-pass filter on the mono inputs, a 60mm fader for the mix output selectable sensitivity of +4dBu or -10dBV on each stereo input (Notepad 124 models only) and multi-segment led metering on the mix output along with a headphone monitoring output.

    Features

    • Analog mixer
    • 4 mic inputs with GB30 mic preamps:
    • 4 stereo line channels for keyboards, MP3 player, etc.
    • Switchable +4dBu/-10dBV on stereo inputs
    • Classic-sounding Soundcraft GB30 3-band British EQ
    • 100Hz high-pass filter on each mic input
    • +48V phantom power (global)
    • 1 Aux/FX Sends
    • 1 Return
    • L/R main Bus Outs

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    Notepad 124 Mixer Specifications:

    • Frequency Response Mic / Line Input to any Output: +1/-1.5dB, 20Hz – 20kHz
    • T.H.D. Mic Sensitivity -30dBu, +10dBu @ Mix output: < 0.005% @ 1kHz
    • Noise
    • Mic Input E.I.N. (maximum gain): -128.5dBm (150&OMEGA; source)
    • Aux, Mix and Masters (@ 0dB, at unity) < -85dBu
    • Crosstalk (@ 1kHz)
    • Channel Faders: > 87dB
    • Master Faders: > 100dB
    • CMRR (@ 1kHz) Master Faders: > 90dB
    • EQ
    • High Pass Filter: 100Hz @ 12dB/Octave
    • HF: 12kHz, ±15dB,
    • MF: 1kHz, ±15dB
    • LF: 80Hz, ±15dB
    • Q: 0.7
    • Power Consumption: Less than 40W
    • Operating Conditions Temperature Range: 5°C to 40°C
    • Input & Output Levels
    • Mic Input: +10dBu max.
    • Line Input: +22dBu max.
    • Stereo Input: +20dBu max.
    • Mix Output: +25dBu max.
    • Headphones (@32&OMEGA;): 300mW
    • Input & Output Impedances
    • Mic Input: 2k&OMEGA;
    • Line Input: 18k&OMEGA;
    • Stereo Input: 20k&OMEGA;
    • Outputs: 150&OMEGA;
    • Dimensions (WxHxD):242mm (9-1/2") 45mm (1-13/16") 220mm (8-11/16")
    • Weight: 1.6 kg (3.5 lb.)
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    SoundcraftNotepad 124 Mixer
     
    4.9

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (5)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Excellent sound (4)
    • Simple controls (3)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (4)
      • Amateur recording (3)
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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for Sub Mixing

      By upright redaxxe

      from South Mississippi

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      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • On Board Effects
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Power Cord Is Fragile

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Sub Mixing

      Comments about Soundcraft Notepad 124 Mixer:

      I use this as an instrument sub mixer. I jack it into the stereo channel of my bose L1 model 2 mixer (vocals go in the other 3 bose channels) and it performs flawlessly and transparently. the onboard effects are perfectly suited to whatever I plug into it; guitars, drums, kaospad,ect..
      the only con is the power cord is a bit tough to plug in and I can see that without careful strain relief it may come loose during a performance. a little attention to detail on the power cord and you will have no problems

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      5.0

      yes, it is ALL it is cracked up to be

      By ~Sam~

      from Sandy Hook, CT

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Right On The Mark

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Semi-pro Recording

      Comments about Soundcraft Notepad 124 Mixer:

      back in the day I had a nice reel to reel set-up and in-house recording studio for acoustic use...string quartets and such. That was in the late 70's...Now, newly retired from the rat race I intend to replicate this life's quest with modern equipment, although I am definitely NOT sold on the digital format. I prefer analog to the degree I will be able of purchasing equipment.

      This mixer works perfectly right out of the box. NO quality control problems and its capabilities are right in line with my desires

      Having a blast with it

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      5.0

      Very nice

      By willmcbridegroup

      from Wake Forest, NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Soundcraft Notepad 124 Mixer:

        Seems very solid and well made, as I expect from a Soundcraft product. I plan to use it as a submixer to my main mixer. I play in a trio with two vocalists and sometimes need to mic drums. I also plan to use it for rehearsal recording and song writing recording. Very compact, the controls don't feel cheap, the EQ is very nice, AUX send useful for either monitor or outboard FX. No complaints thus far.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        NIce Stupid Deal of the Day

        By Kenny Begun

        from Jacksonville, NC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Clean sound
        • Compact
        • Distortion Free
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Music Videos
          • Performances

          Comments about Soundcraft Notepad 124 Mixer:

          I just set this up on my keyboard rig. It replaces a Behringer 1002 since I needed 4 xlr inputs. Wow! This sounds amazing. No break up like the 1002. For all I know this is made for Soundcraft in the same factory in China, but the output couldn't be more different. The EQ is smooth. The pre-amps are quiet. I am getting no feedback with this which was often a problem with the 1002. This is a fine product which is far better than I expected.

          I use this to feed both my video camera audio input and the PA which is a Bose PAS L1 with Bass module. I am amazed at how cleaned up the Bose output is now with The Notepad.

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          5.0

          I love it!

          By PaulietheK

          from Buffalo NY

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          Pros

          • Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Soundcraft Notepad 124 Mixer:

              I would highly recommend this unit!!!

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              5.0

              great mixer, great price

              By SurferEd

              from Florida

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Controls
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Build Quality
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Monster Power Brick

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Keyboard Submixer
              • Performances

              Comments about Soundcraft Notepad 124 Mixer:

              I have the EPM8 and wanted something smaller for the keyboard rig. This was the quality I'm used to for the price I'm willing to pay.

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              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What a great piece

              By Karen Owen

              from Little Point, IN

              Comments about Soundcraft Notepad 124 Mixer:

              I like everything about all features.
              Everything about this Notepad 124 Mixer has just what I needed.
              What a great piece of equipment.
              For the price I paid, it's made my sound system sound even better.

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              (14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Impressive!

              By John

              from High Desert, So Calif.

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              Comments about Soundcraft Notepad 124 Mixer:

              I don't give many (this is the first) devices across the board 10 ratings. But this mixer gets tens! It has too many features that I havent't covered in this review. The users manual was laid out straight forward and includes some important tips on capturing sound properly that "newcomers" will appreciate. It also explains and has diagrams on how to wire up balanced and unbalanced mic cords etc. This board way exceeded my expectations. It's not a Coronado, Rupert Neve or Harrison board, lol, but hey, for $79? What do you want? Egg in your beer? And remember, the Beatles did "Sgt. Peppers" with a board that was a lot less than this. Still my only gripe is the headphone level output is wimpy! The really big plus is the versatility of the Notepad 124, it has lots of inputs and outputs, foldback monitors, main house, aux/fx sends and returns,and recording outs and returns, and Four clean mic inputs!
              I rarely give any item a big whopping 10, but for the price of a mediocre stomp box, This mixer ranks among the best.
              This mixer is very versatile, has a lot of usable features, produces a clean transparent sound, and is well thought out. It does all that it is designed to do quite well. Hard to believe they packed so much into such a tiny board. Every square inch of this board has utilities that are commonly used. It has four Mic inputs with very clean mic preamps. I don't know what the signal to noise ratio is, but you have a lot of headroom. I first used some inexpensive mics (Nady SP 1's). These are very good mics that don't cost a lot. Had to push the gain a bit to get a hot signal, but there is enough preamp power to get there. The EQ is set up nice (three bands, with the highs and low bands shelved) and works on all four mic/line channels. Channel output selection is done thru pan pots. The high band is set up at a relatively high freq. Which is good for getting rid of noise and sibilence. The mid band is broad and is right in the meat and potatoes area for vocals and guitar amp miking. the bass band is also in the useful spot for fattening up the sound. The bass band also includes a bass roll off switch for getting rid of stage rumble etc. (nice touch!). Next I plugged in some Sure 58's mics. Again the board came through. Clean transparent signal. I didn't have to push the gain near as much, and the Sures have a more extended high end, which gives you that crystal transparent sound. Funny tho, the SP's worked nearly as great as the Sures when miking my amp. One thing to watch tho, each of the mic channels have an LED to let you know when you've got too much gain, stay out of this area, lol. There's not a lot of forgiveness here. the LED's ar a nice touch again. After playing with this awhile, it becomes intuitive. each of the mic channels also have a line input, so you have a choice of line (balanced or unbalanced) or mic. OK, now to check out the phantom power. I plugged in a Neumann U-87. It works! The U-87 came thru real sweet. but then it'd probably sound good through any mixer. I next plugged in my own homegrown direct box to the mic input. I make my own direct boxes with transformers that give me a really hot signal, plus I have two ground lifts that enable me to isolate anything in the chain, guitar, amp, mixer or any combination of those. Plus it's one fourth the price to make your own than the junk that's out there! People who've dealt with clubs, rooms, halls where there's neon signs or dimmer switches on lights or anything in the same circuit will know where I'm coming from. My direct box worked flawless. I have over 40 years mixing live sound and recording, and one thing I must say is that electronics has advanced so much over the years. This board, like a lot of other boards I've tried, produce a really clean sound that's hard to find fault with. On to the line inputs, and there are 8 of them in the mix section (how cool is that?), they're actually four stereo line inputs that provide for -10 db or can switch to +4 db. What can I say, really clean sounds here too. The only complaint I have is with the headphone level. I am using 48 ohm (recommended) vintage Telex headphones (pretty flat with little coloration). This is a minor problem that can be worked around by plugging the phones into something else. I am also using Bose 201 monitors, with some small Advents with JBL subwoofer as reference monitors. This board is being used as a bedroom/rec room recording set, and I'm plugged into my computer with a 32 track recording set-up. But I can see this as a useful small club, assembly hall etc. mixer where only four mics are needed, or even as a sub mix for keyboardists, guitar players or vocalists! I'm even thinking of adding one more so I can have four sub-groups, upgrading my sound card on my computer and do some serious recording.
              For the price of a stomp box this thing is a great buy. As far as mixers go, for it's size and price it packs a lot of punch and does it well.

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              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              My First Real Mixer.

              By RandyB

              from Rochester, NY

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              Comments about Soundcraft Notepad 124 Mixer:

              I am really happy with my purchase although I am already starting to itch for more tracks! But the 4 mic preamps and additional stereo tracks is proving more than enough for me now, I only have 2 mics so far lol But I am just starting my collection it will build. It is a huge upgrade from using my old computer mic from 1995 to record audacity files hahaha, you would be surprised at how decent some of my mixes sounded (sound quality wise) with that old terrible mic (actually found out it was a type of condenser later on "Quick Shot" ). This little mixer sounds great its got a real warm natural acoustic type of sound to it. Its Mellow and clean being pure analog and not the sound of a super digitalized multitrack recorder, although you certainly lack the capabilities you would get from a standalone multitrack recorder of similar size (which also happens to cost three times more). I almost prefer my set up to working with a standalone mixer though, I've used my friends many times, so I have tried both. My recording set up sends my mics through the mixer and then to my computer with an rca to mini stereo jack cable, so i have to get my mix right at the source and do a couple sound checks (when using multiple mics) before i record onto my computer. But then i can use my software to do multi tracking sending the playback to monitor through the mixers 2 track return RCA inputs. so i can use my headphones and for when i get good studio monitors. You can only work with stereo mixes on the computer, (almost old fashioned now a days) but you also get zero latency doing it opposed to usb mixers. (i don't know about usb 2.0) and i know firewire is supposed to be awesome but $$$$$$$$. The EQ is pretty good, a little goes a long way with this thing, I have taken my mxl 990 vocal mic and placed it 8 inches to a foot away from my bass drum and dropped the highs a great deal on the eq and put the lows up almost as high as i cut the high eq and slightly bumped the mids for a surprisingly good sound when it just sounded completely wrong at first. Mainly because it is wrong. I just was too anxious to wait to buy a bass drum mic to try recording my kit haha. So far this mixer has been a work horse, i keep finding more things to plug in and more ways to use it and im having fun with it. Some day i am going to get a bigger mixer to use for recording, and anything live that would be demanding. and use this thing for a PA or something. But for quite a while i plan on working this thing hard.
              It tackles most things and most things well, but it's a compact mixer there is only so much that it can do. At the same time you could hook up a pa and foldback monitor for a small band, and if you hooked up additional preamps you could add a couple more mics, while at the same time record your band to the rca outs.You could also play back the performance through the PA system or hook an mp3 player up to the 2 track return. Ive even used it to play back the sound of my video camera haha. I mainly use it at my practice space to run a mic for vocals to our PA amp and for recording onto my computer. It also Is very simple to learn to use, even and especially if you have not owned or spent much time working on a mixer. It is very space conserving without the vertical faders although i prefer real faders. I know its essentially only a four track as far as mics go but i wish it had a volume and a solo button for those channels.
              I think this is a very solid little mixer. I have had it a couple months now and have not gigged with it yet but it has been used probably every other day or so and I have not had a single problem and i really like the sound quality. I do not think it could take much abuse but i think it will do a fine job when our band starts gigging to run the PA and record. I just will be careful with it, don't get me totally wrong though, it is heavy for its tiny size.
              This it just about the best value you will get for a small mixer. essentially your getting something that is great "old" technology. You could run a stereo mix to whatever you want. I am satisfied. ( Still it was one of the cheaper mixers of its size.

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